July 28, 2013
As always, you have to view urban trails in context. This loop isn't a backbreaker or a substitute for 15 miles of single track goodness but it IS a surprisingly fun, intermediate level ride. And I think most beginners wouldn't get themselves into too much trouble if they wanted to push themselves. If you live in the immediate area, you should be very thankful that you have a trail this nice in the 'hood. And it's fairly primitive in use--I saw a huge buck deer and assume that he doesn't get much company most days. The trail is in excellent condition.
Technically, there's not much that's going to challenge an advanced rider here, other than trying to ride faster and faster on a course that admittedly isn't really long to begin with. I am comfortably intermediate in my skills, and while I wish there were some more lung-busting climbs, the overall challenge of the course is fair. If you ride the road in the area, there are some decent rolling hills and a lot of bike paths on the road which is very much appreciated.
Read the directions carefully about this ride--if you go in off of the Goya Road entry point, you need to take that first big left at the fork of the trail and cross the creek on your bike to get to the meaty part of this trail. If you go right, you're going to go on a beginner trail where you'll likely see joggers or hikers (and there are tight, blind corners on that part of the trail that make it dangerous for others to share with you.) Again, go left and plow through the creek to the good stuff.